Destination guide: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is a beautiful beach resort on the coast of the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean and near to Bayahibe and La Romana. Each year, hundreds of tourists visit this paradise, drawn by its tropical beaches, palm trees full of coconuts and coral reefs. In Punta Cana, you will find a wide choice of hotels and resorts that guarantee you a wonderful stay, as well as waterparks and natural reserves where you can find dolphins, parakeets, iguanas and sealions.
Punta Cana - Things to do
Punta Cana Ecological Park
A half-kilometer south of Punta Cana Resort and Club, the Punta Cana Ecological Park covers almost 8 sq km of protected coastal and inland habitat and is home to some 80 bird species, 160 insect species and 500 plant species. Visitors can take very worthwhile 90-minute guided tours taken in English, French, German or Spanish through a lush 18-hectare portion of the reserve known as Parque Ojos Indigenas (Indigenous Eyes Park), so named for its 11 freshwater lagoons all fed by an underground river that flows into the ocean. The tour also includes a visit to the park s botanical and fruit gardens, iguana farm (part of a breeding program) and a farm-animal petting zoo. The visitor center has a great collection of insects that was compiled by entomology students from Harvard, and interesting maps and photos of the area. One or two-hour Horseback riding tours through the park and along the coast can also be arranged with advance notice. The park is operated by the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation, a nonprofit foundation created in 1994 that works to protect the area s ecosystems - including 8km of coral reef along the reserve s shoreline - and to promote sustainable tourism and hotel practices. Nearly 4 hectares of the reserve are dedicated to the Cornell biodiversity laboratory, a joint project with other American universities to inventory and study native plants, birds and insects. Unfortunately, there is no hotel pickup service; a cab here will cost around US$25 each way from Bavaro or El Cortecito
Telephone Number: +1 809 959 84 83
A popular family outing is a snorkeling trip to the Marinarium, a natural offshore pool near Cabeza de Toro. Rays, nurse sharks, tropical fish and patches of coral are all on hand
Opening Hours: 8am-4pm
Pricing: adult/2-12yr US$89 /45
La Cana Golf Course
La Cana Golf Course is Punta Cana s top golf course and is located at the area s top resort. The 18-hole course, designed by Pete Dye, has several long par fives and stunning ocean views. Green fees are guest/nonguest US$115/156 for 18 holes or guest/nonguest US$71/96 for nine, including a golf cart. Club rental is US$30 for 18 holes or US$18 for nine, and golf cart costs US$40 per round.
Telephone Number: +1 809 959 2262
Pricing: d incl breakfast US$140